The 5 Car Rental Companies That Accept Cash Deposits

Some car rental companies accept cash deposits, but because doing so means they assume increased liability, such rental car companies are few and far between. And they may have some extra requirements too. For instance, the terms may include a heftier deposit than would otherwise be required.

All of the companies listed that accept cash deposits will also accept cash for the final bill. And a few of the companies that do not allow cash deposits will accept cash as a form of payment for the remainder of your bill upon returning the vehicle. We have the list of places that will accept cash deposits and a list of companies that don’t.

Also, be aware that while many car rental companies don’t accept cashthey may accept debit cards. So, even if you don’t have a credit card, you can use your debit card. Check out our article for a list of car rental companies that accept debit cards.

Car Rental Companies That Accept Cash Deposits

1. Dollar Rent A Car

  • Cash deposit requirements: Cars may be rented in cash if you have obtained a Cash Deposit Identification Card. You must be at least 21 to get a Cash Deposit ID (except in Michigan and New York, where the minimum age is 18). The application takes about 30 days, and a credit check is required. The cash deposit is $350 or 15% of the total cost of the rental, whichever is greater.
  • Source: This page of the Dollar website
  • Find your nearest Dollar

2. Hertz

  • Cash deposit requirements: Cars may be rented in cash if you have obtained a Cash Deposit Identification Card. You must be at least 21 to get a Cash Deposit ID (except in Michigan and New York, where the minimum age is 18). The application takes about 30 days, and a credit check is required. The minimum deposit is $200.
  • Source: This page of the Hertz website
  • Find your nearest Hertz

3. Rent-A-Wreck

  • Cash deposit requirements: Many Rent-A-Wreck locations will accept cash as an initial form of payment; call the specific location ahead of time to verify. The Rent-A-Wreck location may require you to fill out a Cash Qualification Questionnaire at the location during normal business hours. Cash deposit requirements vary.
  • Source: This page of the Rent-A-Wreck website
  • Find your nearest Rent-A-Wreck

4. Thrifty

  • Cash deposit requirements: Cars may be rented in cash if you have obtained a Cash Deposit Identification Card. You must be at least 21 to get a Cash Deposit ID (except in Michigan and New York, where the minimum age is 18). The application takes about 30 days, and a credit check is required. The cash deposit is $350 or 15% of the estimated rental charges, whichever is greater.
  • Source: This page of the Thrifty website
  • Find your nearest Thrifty

5. U-Save

  • Cash deposit requirements: Policies for payment will vary among different U-Save franchises. For example, the Rock Hill, SC, location requires customers to make arrangements by phone if they wish to rent with a cash deposit. Contact a U-Save franchise to learn more about cash deposit requirements.
  • Source: Customer service
  • Find your nearest U-Save

Car Rental Companies That Don’t Accept Cash Deposits (But May Take Cash For the Final Bill)

  • Alamo
    • Note: Alamo accepts cash as a form of payment for rental charges at the end of your rental period; you must reserve with a debit or credit card though.
  • Avis
  • Budget
    • Note: Budget accepts cash as a form of payment for rental charges at the end of your rental period; you must reserve with a credit card — or debit card at some locations — though.
  • E-Z Rent-A-Car
  • Fox Rent A Car
    • Note: Fox accepts cash as a form of payment for rental charges at the end of your rental period; you must reserve with a debit or credit card though.
  • Sixt Rent a Car

In Summary

If you don’t have a debit or credit card, you can still rent a car. A number of national car rental companies accept cash deposits, though be aware that those that do often require hefty deposits and the completion of extra paperwork. Some companies require cash deposit renters to apply for a Cash Deposit ID card, which can take about a month to process. All of the companies listed that take cash deposits also allow you to pay your bill in full in cash. A few of the companies that do not allow cash deposits, will accept cash for your bill upon returning the vehicle.

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    • Rebecca Turley says:
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      Hi Genny,

      If you don’t have a debit or credit card, I strongly recommend taking the time to secure a Cash Deposit Identification Card through Hertz or Dollar Rent A Car. It may take up to 30 days to apply for this card and receive it, so make sure to plan ahead. This is a great option because you won’t have to worry any longer about not having a debit or credit card to rent a car. Read more about Cash Deposit ID Cards in the article.

  • Laura Bachmann says:
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    Hi Ken,

    Car rental companies can be difficult to deal with! You might be in luck though, it looks like several of these companies have locations in Reno, most at the airport, but some elsewhere. Alamo, Dollar, and Thrifty have locations at the airport. Hertz and Rent-A-Wreck have other locations in Reno that you could also try.

    Best of luck!

  • France's marquez says:

    I have a card but I left it at home by accident I do have cash for deposit my car is in shop for transmission replacement and I’m a healthcare nurse and need a car for work please help

    • Rebecca Turley says:
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      Hi Frances,

      Most rental companies require you to have a credit/debit card to reserve a rental car. You can obtain a Cash Deposit Identification Card through either Dollar Rent a Car or Hertz, but this process can take up to 30 days.

  • I have called almost every car rental and I have had no luck. I have a prepaid card and a driver’s license. I need a car to go see my mom. She had surgery and there is no one to help her.

    • Rebecca Turley says:
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      Hi Echo,

      Unfortunately, most car insurance companies require a credit card or debit card with your name on it to secure a rental car. However, prepaid cards can be used to pay for the rental at the end of the rental period, in most cases. It sounds like you need a rental car immediately; otherwise, securing a Cash Deposit Identification Card through Hertz or Dollar Rent A Car is a good idea for consumers without credit cards, but this process can take up to 30 days. The article provides more information on securing a Cash Deposit ID Card.

  • Hi.
    I am looking to rent a car , but i do not have a credit card.
    Is posibble to rent at your company in an other way ?
    With kind regards Denis

    • Sarah Quinn says:
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      Denis,

      First Quarter Finance does not rent vehicles; we’ve provided this article to help you locate a company that accepts cash and/or debit cards. Feel free to give any of them a call to find out more about whether the location you’re hoping to rent from can accept your desired payment type. I hope this helps!

    • Sarah Quinn says:
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      Lydia,

      Most car rental companies don’t accept cash but will accept debit cards as a form of payment in certain circumstances. I recommend checking with one of the companies above to find out if they can accept cash or debit cards at your desired location, since the ability to pay without a credit card varies by location. I hope this helps!

    • Hillary M. Miller says:
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      Hi Monika,

      The cost of renting a mid-size car can vary widely. The city where you’re renting, the length of time and the time of week/year that you rent, and whether you’ll have added surcharges (for an under-25 renter, adding an additional driver, paying with cash or debit instead of a credit card, etc.) will all impact the cost for a rental. If you’d like to provide some more details about your plans to rent a car, I’d be more than happy to investigate further for you!